As part of my reflection as an educator in the classroom, I always like to administer a questionnaire to find out what my students thought of my teaching performance. I use Google Forms and DO NOT collect email addresses so the students can remain as anonymous as possible.
The questionnaire I used this year was developed by some of our teaching staff but I decided I wanted the students to provide their own items. They came up with some interesting thoughts as to how a teacher should work in the classroom.
Items in the form usually include how a teacher uses time, returns corrected work, posts grades, handles behavioral situations, and uses technology, among others.
Some of the items that my students wanted to include were the following:
The teacher offers opportunities to make up work after student has been absent.
The teacher helps out the student who needs it.
The teacher discusses the topics for an upcoming test.
The teacher assesses what has been discussed in class.
The teacher reacts favorably to questions asked by students.
The teacher respects the students’ personal space and property.
(This last one was unusual, but I decided to use it.)
The choices used were (1) always, (2) almost always, (3) sometimes, (4) very few times, (5) can’t say
Suffice it to say that I got some feedback that I will consider in the future. It’s always wise to reflect on past teaching practices and use these opportunities as a measuring device for future growth. For those of you who use a self-evaluation instrument, what do you include? ~~LMMolina